Introducing Inari Fernandez from Lapsiperheenmatkat in Helsinki
If you meet Inari, you meet a beautiful lady full of energy and happiness. Life with Inari is never boring, there is always something happening and it can be of any field. Inari and I met back in Augsburg during university and I had the most fun party experiences with her. When she left the city and returned to Helsinki we stayed in touch. I visited her a couple of times in her home town and had the most memorable experiences with her. Not only did she make me and my husband feel welcome to her home, but she showed us the most magical place in Lake Unoka during Mid-Summer. Whatever Inari does, she does it with passion. She is one of the most inspiring friends I have and I am grateful that she participates in our interview series as a dear friend and a loving mother.
Inari and her sister also run a travel blog where they provide tips about travelling with kids. If you are interested, you can visist her blog here or see her Instagram profile. Unfortunately, at this stage the site is targeted at a Finish audience, but if you speak the language, it certainly might be a good source.
Inari, 34 years old, Spanish-Finnish; kids 1 and 5 years old; living in Helsinki Finland – in a block house with a really big garden.
When I was I child …
- I lived … in a city named Helsinki
- I played … with my neighbours and family friends
- I enjoyed … playing ith my dollies and barbies for hours
- I rode my bike … almost every day
- and it rained, I used to … play in the rain, especially at summer times when the rain was smooth and warm
My children …
- live … in a big city but in a neighbourhood with a lot of nature
- play … mostly in our yard
- enjoy … the trampoline, biking, playing with their toys and friends
- ride their bike … every day but not in winter time – we ride to child care and back
- (on a rainy day) … play inside or with good clothes outside as well, they love to jump in every puddle when they wear gum boots
- The foundations for a healthy life-style are set …. fresh air, good healthy food, enough sleep, safe environment to grow up and enough social life
- Children live a healthy life-style if … they do the things I mentioned before
- Children’s exercise … under 3 years no special exercise, the normal life with its challenges is enough – over 3 years old one or two hobbies (in our case: dancing, swimming/horse riding) in a week and we do biking and jump on the trampoline every day
- A healthy diet for children … NO DIETS
- Lollies, chocolates, ice creams etc. for children … sometimes, but not every day
- A healthy snack on the go … carrot, or dark bread with a piece of cheese – also some yogurt
- Outdoor play … trampoline, jumping, biking, scooting
- Indoor play … Barbies, and a lot of role games: home, kitchen, princesses etc.
- A child is physically able …: it depends completely on the child – Our first one could do somersaults and climbing, horse riding without help etc at the age of 1-2 years, the second one doesn’t have that interest at all – she likes balls and running I think personally that kids don’t restrict our life at all – we try to do the things we like, and liked also before the kids, with them and with their terms of course. Until now it never came to a situation that wouldn’t have worked
- Children riding a bike … our 1st daughter learned to ride a bike without training wheels at the age of 3 – we gave her a balance bike when she was 2 and she learned to keep the balance with that, so she never needed stabilisers
- S’COOL bikes … look really cool and I would like to try them for my kids
Finally, could you please give a short statement about the cycling culture in your area / family?
We love cycling in our family: We, both parents, cycle to work and back and if we do something during the weekend around the City of Helsinki, we like to take the bikes and put the kids into the bike trailer.
In Helsinki the bike routes aren’t too good, so we have to drive many times between the cars, which is not nice. In Finland it’s obligatory to use a helmet, and it’s a really good thing I think. I hope there will be more investments for the biking culture so people would really cycle to work and back. In some of the working places, cyclists get a little bonus from the company every year.
Our kids like biking too, and the 5 years old can cycle around 2-3 kilometres without a problem. The younger one got her first kick bike one month ago but hasn’t worked it out yet